The mission of OHPRI is to provide innovative and empowering education-at-sea programs that promote personal and professional growth. We support this through a number of scholarship funds:
VADM Thomas R. Weschler Professional Development Fund
This fund provides financial assistance to our crew members to maintain as well as advance their USCG licenses, and encourage the highest possible standards of safety training aboard Oliver Hazard Perry.
Captain Wagner Honorary Scholarship Fund
Sadly after a courageous battle with Mesothelioma, Captain Virginia Wagner passed away on January 30th, 2015. With the help and support of her long-time partner and shipmate Jamie Stark, and her family and friends, she pursued every possible treatment. One of the most interesting aspects of her life experience was her involvement as both a student and a Captain in sail training on Tall Ships. She passionately believed that those experiences helped turn her life around and that it can do the same for other young people.
To honor Virginia’s contributions to sail training for students, tall ships and yachting in general, we are pleased to announce the Captain Virginia Wagner Honorary Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund will be used to help young sailors attend the various programs offered by OHPRI . Many of Virginia's friends and family have already donated to this worthy cause and we hope that the benefits of these programs will attract ongoing support for years to come.
Read more about the scholarship here and click here to see photos from our event honoring Captain Wagner, and celebrating the launch of this scholarship.
STAR Kids Scholarship Fund
Our goal is to take at least 10 STAR kids sailing every summer on our teen summer camp programs. The mission of the Star Kids Scholarship Program is to provide educational opportunities in the form of tuition aid to effective non-public schools, uniforms, after-school and summer programs, tutoring and mentoring for those highrisk, low-income children who have a parent with a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse. Children are typically enrolled in the program between kindergarten and grade 4. Star Kids' goal for each child is to graduate from high school. By completing high school and hopefully going on to higher education, these children will have a greater chance of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty, drug use, disease, depression and violence. Star Kids serves children from the following communities: Newport County, RI, Fall River, MA, New Bedford, MA.
The Oliver Hazard Perry Scholarships Fund
Throughout the shipbuilding process we forged relationships with a number of educational partners to envision and design programs onboard. This fund will give us the ability to offer assistance to our priority partners such as discounted weekly rates, need-based individual scholarships, and teacher or scientist discounts.